Former “Teen Mom” star Taylor Selfridge was not impressed when folks questioned her daughter’s hair shade. Four-month-old Maya was born with pink hair, however some folks had been curious how that was doable.
Selfridge had a simple reply: genetics.
Red hair runs in her household and in Cory Wharton’s household.
She shared an image that included images of her delivery and great-grandmother — who had pink hair — and Wharton’s mother, who additionally has pink hair.
“It’s referred to as genetics,” Selfridge wrote by way of Instagram Story. “Sorry if you cannot perceive however I’ll be blocking anybody else that is impolite about her hair? It’s actually loopy what number of ignorant feedback I’ve gotten over her rattling hair shade.”
Maya was born with a coronary heart situation, referred to as tricuspid atresia. Her coronary heart’s proper ventricle did not kind correctly, so her physique is struggling to convey oxygen to her lungs. It requires her to get three surgical procedures. The first occurred when she was one week old, and the second is slated to happen when she’s 4 to six months old. Her closing surgical procedure is scheduled when she is 4.
Selfridge and Wharton have a second daughter collectively, 2-year-old Mila.
Wharton can also be the daddy of 5-year-old Ryder, whom he shares together with his ex, “Teen Mom” star Cheyenne Floyd.
The Science Behind Red Hair
Red hair is the least frequent hair shade, with 1 to 2% of the inhabitants having the tone naturally, Healthline reported.
Red hair is attributable to a genetic variant that ends in the hair and pores and skin cells “to provide extra of 1 specific sort of melanin and fewer of one other,” Healthline reported. “Most redheads have a gene mutation within the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R).”
Someone with MC1R, pheomelanin — which leads to reddish pores and skin and hair tones — dominates over eumelanin — which promotes brown and black hues, Healthline mentioned.
According to 23andMe, the pink hair variant first appeared in “historical people” greater than 30,000-80,000 years in the past, in regards to the time when migrations out of Africa started.
At first, researchers believed the pink hair variant advanced as a result of folks dwelling in northern lands wanted a technique to get extra Vitamin D, however they later found — primarily based on current information — that the pink hair gene may need advanced as a result of folks within the northern latitudes did not want darker pigmentation to guard their pores and skin towards dangerous UV rays, 23andMe wrote.
Selfridge Was Fired From ‘Teen Mom’ in 2020
Selfridge was launched from her contract with “Teen Mom” over her “previous racist statements,” MTV mentioned on the time.
The community minimize ties with the mother-of-two after her 2012 tweets resurfaced amid nationwide anti-racism protests.
“MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with these elevating their voices towards injustice,” MTV mentioned in a press release to People.
Floyd confronted Selfridge about her offensive messages throughout a 2019 episode of “Teen Mom.”
“At the time, as a result of I used to be youthful, I wasn’t pondering it was something destructive. I believed, ‘Oh, effectively that is humorous,’ or one thing like that, nevertheless it’s not,” Selfridge mentioned. “This occurred a very long time in the past.”
“That’s my greatest mistake. I simply needed to develop up, actually,” she continued. “I needed to expertise different locations.”
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